The story behind the deranged family.
I’m a big fan of Dean Koontz and I can say I have not come across a book I have not liked. I’m not one for romances and the one in this story developed so fast, I had to go back to the point where the characters first met (a few pages before). It was interesting, I found myself becoming a bit scared; but immediately recovered. I like Dean Koontz novels because they are thorough, contain a lot of depth, challenges the psyche, and add an element of mysticism into it (spiritualism really). I thought the characters were well developed and the story seemed really plausible. I really enjoy stories with histories beyond the current time-frame of the story.
I’ve read other Koontz books that had me sleeping with the lights on, but this one was okay. Wasn’t as scared as I’ve been with other books. I like reading suspense/thriller/scary stories because your mind creates the scene. You are the one scaring yourself.
I agree with other reviewers when they cite this novel as not a typical teenager novel. While the characters are teenagers, you won't get pulled into the normal antics or drama which characterizes the average teenager. The protagonist is wise and mature beyond his years, probably due in large part to his parents previous professions as missionaries.
We follow the protagonist as he navigates a new life without his father, loving his drug addicted mother, avoiding his enduring uncle, developing loyal (yet sarcastic) friends, and all the while following clues to battle the enemy in order to save his love interest.
This book follows in a way, the steps of Dan Brown or other conspiracy theorists.
It was intriguing and thought provoking. I appreciate how Harlen Coben intertwines history and mythology into the book. Mythology and history are found in the secret organization our protagonist thinks are after him. They are, but not for the reason he initially thinks.
Towards the end our protagonist, along with the reader, will find out why this secret organization is interested in his love interest. As well as why the organization is also interested in our hero.
I'd recommend this book.
The book was okay. It seems to me that the love interests of this particular genre is usually emasculated or close to it. While I read the books for the love story and what could be, I'd like there to be some realism in the story. A common theme I notice (in other books as well) is the over-bearing, over exaggerating, unwilling to listen, dead set in her way, always feels like the victim, female protagonist of the story.
The story. Kira mainly, her character was the weakest person I've ever heard of.
Give Kira a backbone or something to make her a bit more believable. She storms after Blake to admonish him and she can't even carry that job out correctly. She tries to slap him, he stops her, she cries. Seriously. She gets beaten and she blames Blake and even justifies why it was done. Seriously.
My two biggest issue are Kira and the use of certain words with certain characters. I realize that in moments of complete abandonment people lose all senses and take on a persona uncharacteristic of who they really are. But, seriously. If Blake is as refined as he is, then I'm sure he can express his lust without the vulgar, dirty (and not in a good way) language. I would imagine that someone as well-manicured as Blake would be articulate enough to express his sexual desires and frustrations with Kira.
Kira, well she should have been better developed.
Yes, I thought the author did a good job. Articulate and well written. I like how the characters were developed and I love Keyonna more than anyone in the story. The author did such a good job describing Keyonna's pain that almost felt like it was my heart (almost).
Keyonna. She is such a sweetheart and I love how supportive she is. I love how she treats Nick. Nick is also a favorite character of mine because of us self-assurance with
Good job, although I didn't too much care for Nick's voice, but I can forgive her for that.
I hastily judged this author before I had a chance to hear this book. She was articulate and did a very good job creating a picture with just enough detail for the reader. I really hoped the book would last longer than 8hrs, but what can you do after Nick finds Keyonna?
I love the relationship between Keyonna and Nick. Also, THANK YOU for not creating a male character with no back-bone. Finally, a male character who has not been emasculated. I love how sure and strong Nick is, love his character
Nick's apartment after Raina nearly bombs her press conference at Sweeties. Nick tells her that he'll give her the child, but she must marry. He tells her that he can't breathe because she consumes his every being. That one night of passion was enough for Nick to know that Raina was his soul-mate and no other woman will do. I loved how matter of fact he was about offering to be the father, all the while I knew at any moment he was going to reveal his true feelings. The anticipation of his revelation and how Raina was going to react was overwhelming.
I'm not done with the book, but I felt compelled to write the emotions evoked by Raina and Nick's passion. I found myself paralyzed by anticipation, waiting for Nick to tell Raina that he loved her. That, not only will he give her what she desperately wants, but that she had his heart to. I honestly felt like Raina at the time, imagining myself looking into his eyes. the author is brilliant and talented.
These romance novels are not helping my husband, at all.
Yes, I love the writer and characters (except the girlfriend). The book takes you on a journey and I found myself scared at times. Like when the protagonist sleeps on the bus and it's attacked by one of the stronger zombies
Well, let's see. The scene where he travels to the broken down house and is inside when the zombie with a (I forget exactly what weapon he has) hatchet is banging on the door. He realizes this is no ordinary zombie. This zombie is different and more dangerous than the normal walkers/runners.
I wouldn't call it extreme, but I dislike when a zombie/adventure book (or movie for that matter) becomes detracted by romance. So, his girlfriend/wife did not interest me at all.
Good book overall. I like the author, his writing, and how he keeps me in suspense. I eagerly waited and monitored for the third installment. I wanted so badly to know how all of this started and if he would find answer. I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't, in fact, an alien. But, I loved it either way.
I love Jason and Jessica, hell I love Izzy and Nick, I'll even through Sabrina in there to because she really isn't that bad of a person
What a difficult question. Every character (with the exception of Simon) has great qualities. I can't pick, so I won't. I loved everyone of them (to include Sabrina)
OMG! The love scene after Izzy's open gallery. The love between her and Jason left me envious.
YES! I stayed up until 12am wanting to reach the end. Difficult task as I had two hours left and had to be up for work at 5am (although I pushed my clock until 6am). I loved it, I couldn't get to sleep because I wanted to know so badly what was going to happen next.
Ms. Nana Malone, you are talented. Please continue to write for this type of genre in the way that you've relayed Izzy, Nick's, and Jason's story. You are articulate and intelligent. I absolutely love the story and will be looking out for more. Please, please, please do audio as my job makes it difficult to read and work at the same.
No, just this narrator and author
I've been listening to audio books for the better part of four years. I've listen to all genres and have heard a range of voice actors. But, this is the first time (I can recall) that I've been immediately turned off by a voice actor. Ms. Quiana sounds really difficult to listen to. It's as if she doesn't understand the natural pauses in a sentence, sounds just weird, and sounds a bit too ethnic. I realize this genre appeals to a particular audience. But, I am of the opinion that voice actors should do their best to sound neutral and leave the characters (most of it, authors usually describe their characters) up to the imagination of the reader.
Imagination is one of the hallmarks of reading. The reader gets to define the space and characters with assistance from the writer. But, this is all detracted with Ms. Quiana's narrations. I think she should listen to a few (if she hasn't already) audio books to get an idea of what is expected from a voice actor or narrator.
In traditional book format, not audible. I did not like the narration at all. There were moments when the pitch of the narrator, giving the protagonist a voice, would become shrill. Then the way she pronounced or enunciated certain words was irritating. Reading it would have probably been easier.
Actually, none. Hawk's constant use of the word babe was annoying and out of place. Ashanti is not a good name, but I do kind of like her. Bertha is not a good name as well for someone supposedly in her 20's or 30's.
sound of voice, shrill sounding at times, the way she enunciated certain words was annoying. She stressed words that probably should have been stressed to make or emphasis a point, but she did the opposite. The voice of the characters were not good or convincing. I realize this is a very difficult job, rather than attempt and fail, it may just be better to give all of the characters the same voice. Maybe, this would be better.
No. I do like the erotic parts though. There was definitely chemistry between the protagonist and her love interest.
I wish there was some background build up of the characters and some depth to the book. But, it's a short story and this is what it was meant to do...entertain.
Lettie and the Hempstock family
Lettie. She is wise (way beyond her years), she's strong, confident, and follows through when she says something. She's compassionate and believes every creature has a place and that place should be respected.
The scene where Lettie walks up and saves the unnamed young man from Ursula. In this scene you witness the first glimpse of apprehension in Ursula.
There are times when I regret putting off reading (in this case listening) to a book, this is one of those. This book is enchanting and keeps the reader engaged the whole way through. I didn't even notice that the name of the young boy is NEVER mentioned, this is true for his family as well. Apparently names carry a lot of power in this novel.
This book is a great read, which I plan on buying for my daughter. I think she'll enjoy this and the strong female lead we get in young Lettie. I hope there is a sequel, I would love to know what happens to Lettie, does she ever return? Will she still be the same or will she grow? What becomes of the Hempstock homestead? So many questions, I'd love for Mr. Gaiman to answer in his next book.
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